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MESSAGE 25 years of serving Catholics of southwestern Indiana VOLUME 26 NUMBER 24 February 16, 1996. WST DEANERY EAST O.ANERY hearing on Signature Leaming Center finds supporters, opponents HUGHES writer and Opponents of project gath- ansville Civic for a public the city Parks the ren- restoration of the and Sonntag on the walkway EVansville. The Would become center, and g Hotel the new home, School. If classes are there in the center Would in- effort be- lle, rburgh the Uni- Indiana, of Evansville, School, cur- the Centrum Evansville, Junior and Students in public and There is no r admission, a half-day Currently two students from Mater Dei High School attend a morning or afternoon session at the Signature School, and three students from Memorial are enrolled in the program. During the public hearing, Phillip Schoffstall, superinten- dent of the Evansville-Vander- burgh School Corporation, ex- plained that the Signature School has "no academic re- quirement" for admission; how- ever, students are expected to have a "high commitment to learning. These are good, hard- working kids at all levels." Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfin- ger noted that he was attend- ing the hearing to show his support for the "initiative taken by the public sector, higher education, public educa- tion, private education and the arts." He noted that by "bonding together, we can transform our city." The learning center, which he described as being "on the edge of growth and develop- ment," would allow the Evansville community to "move ahead and develop lead- ers." Richard Lythgoe argued against the proposed renova- tion, noting that it would "place an unreasonable pres- sure on city taxpayers." Evansville city officials esti- mate that renovation costs might run as high as $20 mil- lion. Five million dollars has been raised through private donations, and the additional $15 million would be obtained through city-issued bonds. Opponents and supporters of the project wer involved in pe- tition drives this past week, and the next public hearing is scheduled for Feb. 21. n prayer, fasting and almsgiving begin Feb. 21 'editor as "limit- of food and purpose," Visitor's in the of Christ not Christians who is res- but also st," the encyclopedia explains. "Customarily, fasting re- quired that a person take only one meal a day, but current Church discipline permits one to take a main meal and two lesser meals which together do not equal the main meal. Mandatory fast days now are Ash Wednesday and Good Fri- day, on which days one must abstain from meat and eat only one main meal. Fridays in Lent are days of abstinence, 'i   i i  i   , i  " ;  ' i I ) Research Item grading system of A (excellent), B, C, would you rate Pope John Paul II's Church? I}ioeese t a4% '15% b 16% 1 04% 01% Statewide A 39% B 39% C 17% D 05% F 01% and meat may not be taken on those days .... Lent is also a time of alms- giving -- when many Chris- tians give money to the poor and hungry and other needy persons. Lent is defined by the Catholic Encyclopedia as "the 40-day liturgical season of fast- ing, special prayer and alms- giving in preparation for Easter." A unique feature of the Lenten Liturgy is the restora- tion of the rites of Christian Initiation. Lent includes Message subscription drive continues through February By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor Message subscription re- newals are complete for five parishes in the diocese, and numerous individual subscrip- tions have been processed. The subscription campaign contin- ues through the month of February. Full circulation parishes re- cently completed include the following: Pro-Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity, Evansville. Msgr. Michael O.J. Wolf is the pas- tor. Blessed Sacrament, Oak- land City t Deacon Robert Hay- den is the pastoral life coordi- nator; Father Felix Preske is in residence. St. Thomas, Knox County. Deacon Joseph Sturgis is the pastoral life coordinator. St. Mary, Shoals, and St. Martin, Whitfield, are also full circulation parishes. Msgr. Carl Shetler is the pastor of both parishes. Most new and renewed sub- scriptions begin March 1 and will continue through the end of February 1997. "Scrutiny Masses" and the "catechumens" become known as the "elecC who will be initi- ated at the Easter Vigil. Ash Wednesday is observed this year on Feb. 21; Good Fri- day is April 5. For information about sub- , scriptions, contact Benedictine fl Sister Mary Etta Kiefer, the | i,i Message, P.O. Box 4169, Evansville IN 47724-0169. Telephone (812) 424-5536 or toll free in Indiana (800) 637- _ . ._, 1731. - " ii [nl ]]